Name: Gary Bembridge
Home Base: London UK
Last Trip: Mediterranean Cruise on the Costa Serena
Next Trip: Las Vegas for Christmas and New Year’s, and to then talk at New Media Expo
1. What are three things you take on every trip?
I actually have a post on my site about the nine things I always take: http://www.tipsfortravellers.com/the-9-things-i-pack-for-every-trip-i-ever-do-and-why/
But the three key ones (other than obviously passport, credit cards & tickets!) are (1) my St. Christopher necklace that my parents gave me when I was 13 and never ever leave the house without it. Ever. I am very superstitious about having it to protect my travels. (2) earplugs (I am obsessed with noise and use them every night—even at home) and (3) eye shades (as I can’t sleep unless it’s dark. As you can see, it’s mostly about sleep!
2. What is your best remedy for jet lag?
Exercise. I always try and do exercise when arrive in a new time zone. For about 20 years I have been travelling multiple times a month in my old global marketing job and had to get over jet lag FAST to be on the ball for meetings. Exercise worked for me.
3. What is the first thing you do when you get to a new place?
Check that there is no connecting door to the next room in the hotel room…. Yes, still obsessed about noise. Then usually get on a hop-on hop-off bus tour as soon as I can to get the lay of the land, a general overview and plot my trip.
4. What place has the best food? The worst food?
Cunard Queens Grill Restaurants. Unbelievable food from all different regions—and you can pretty much choose what you want to have every night. Worst was the street market in Bangkok. I used to go there a few times a year for work and my colleagues loved it and I despised it as had no idea what it was, it smelt too strong and tasted yuk…
5. What is one place that changed your outlook on life?
Visiting Robben Island in South Africa where I saw the cells that people like Nelson Mandela has been held in for 25 and up years. I realised how inhumane man can be to man. It made me want to be a better person, even in my small way.
6. What is your favorite travel quote?
One I used in my book “The Cruise Travelers Handbook” that I love is by Gilbert K. Chesterton: “The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.”
7. Is there any music that inspires you to travel?
I love music and always listening to it all day. There is though none that especially makes me want to travel. I see them linked!
8. What is your craziest true travel story?
When my boss was waiting to get picked up by a work colleague in Stockholm and was waiting outside the hotel. This lady pulled up and they greeted each other, loaded his cases and headed off. About 10 minutes into the journey they realised they were both not who they thought they were. The poor lady freaked.
9. How do you think that travel videos can be useful to travelers, even if they aren’t filmmakers themselves?
See before you try. It lets you know what to expect and how to plan and prepare.
10. What is the goal/philosophy of your videos?
To show places, attractions, and things that go beyond the brochure. Show things as they really are.
11. What advice do you have for someone who wants to make travel videos?
Do what you enjoy. Don’t try and copy other people’s styles and approaches. Do what feels right for you—you will find your audience. The only other tip I have is don’t keep moving around all over the place. Take separate shots instead.
12. What is your best travel tip?
Just do it. But never do anything while travelling you would not do at home.